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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


Bismarck Sea

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 21, 1945
Kamikaze attacks at Iwo Jima
Bismarck Sea provided air support during the Iwo Jima Invasion. ... On Feburary 21, at 1845 she was attacked by two Japanese Kamikaze which started an uncontrolled fire. This set off some of the ammunition which Bismarck Sea carried. Exploding ammunition halted attempts to save the ship and Bismark Sea rolled-over and sank in 90 minutes. ... The lives of 318 men were lost during this action.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 321

Namesort descending Service Branch
SPM 3c James Fink USN
Sea 1c Ruben Flores USN
Sea 1c Gerald Foley USN
Sea 2c William Ford USN
AOM 2c Thomas Ford USN
Sea 1c Berwyn Forrester USN
Sea 1c Ralph Foster USN
Sea 1c Vernon Fowers USN
C Pharm Alva Fowler USN
Sea 1c Porter Fox USN
F 1c George Franco USN
Sea 2c Robert Frasheski USN
Sea 1c Gus Frechalos USN
Sea 2c William Freeman USN
RT 3c Clavin Freeman USN
Sea 1c Robert Frey USN
Sea 2c Joe Friday USN
RDM 2c Irvin Fries USN
ACMM George Gardner USN
RDM 3c Leroy Gault USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)